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I generally follow the advice to never judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the cover is what attracts me to a book. When I was a child, I read the book “National Geographic Picture Atlas of Our Universe,“ by Roy A. Gallant, because there was a cool-looking spaceship on the cover. The book was about astronomy and physics, of course, but it also had mythological stories about each planet and about the universe as a whole. There were illustrations and charts that helped my puny mind begin to grasp the complex ideas of space and time. But what I most clearly remember about the book was the section in which the author imagined what characteristics life would have to survive the heat of Venus of the atmosphere of Jupiter.
My attraction to coffee table books continues through the present day. They are convenient to browse when you are waiting 15 minutes for the oven timer to sound but are equally suited to intensive investigation on the back porch with a cup of coffee. Here are some of my more recent favorites.
“The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe”
by Theodore Gray
The author describes this book as containing “Everything you need to know. Nothing you don’t.” Gray lays out the requisite structural information for each element, but he also shows you what each element looks like. He also shares examples of how each element is used, both in nature and by humans. Learning about atomic weights and density might not seem immediately thrilling, but this book is fun enough to have inspired puzzles and posters.
“The Oldest Living Things in the World”
by Rachel Sussman
This book is the culmination of 10 years of Sussman’s work. She traveled to every continent and even learned to scuba dive so she could photograph organisms that are all at least 2,000 years old. The pictures are exceptional, of course, but what distinguishes this book are the stories that Sussman shares about her process.
“Science: The Definitive Visual Guide”
edited by Adam Hart-Davis
If you can’t decide which scientific discipline you want to learn about, then this book is the place to start. It is organized chronologically and covers biology, medicine, astronomy, math, chemistry, life, the universe and everything. Parents (or anybody who likes awesome juvenile books) might recognize DK Publishing as the publisher of the Eyewitness book series. This science book has a similarly pleasing aesthetic, breaking down complicated ideas into simpler and manageable elements.
The post Judging a Book by Its Cover: Science Coffee Table Books appeared first on DBRL Next.
The library is challenging area young adults ages 12-18 to read for 20 hours, share three book reviews and do seven of our suggested activities. Get your reward card punched as you go, and when you finish, you’ll receive a free book and be entered in a drawing for a Kindle e-reader. Sign up online, or at any of our three library branches or bookmobile stops.
Originally published at 2014 Teen Summer Reading Challenge.
Summer Reading launches Monday, and this year’s programs celebrate science of all sorts. Here are just some of the programs coming up next week and beyond. Learn something new this summer!
Drop-in Windows 8 Help
Monday, June 2 › 3-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Training Center
Did you just buy a new Windows 8 computer and have no idea where to start? Come to our informal session to learn about the Windows 8 operating system and get pointers on how to use it.
Monday, June 2 › 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Training Center
In this intro class, learn the basics of selling your stuff on three popular websites–eBay, an auction site; Craigslist, a classified ad site; and Etsy, a marketplace for handmade and vintage items. Basic computer skills required. Register by calling 573-443-3161.
Discover Nature—Fishing in Missouri
Thursday, June 5, 2014 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room
Mariah Morrison with the Missouri Department of Conservation will talk about fishing in Missouri and teach you to identify the most common fish in our state’s waters. She’ll also share tips on bait, lures and tying knots. Adults. Register by calling 573-642-7261
Friday, June 13, 2014 › 2:30-4 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Training Center
Learn to use Google to create a website or blog; keep a calendar; organize and share your pictures and videos; work with web-based documents, spreadsheets and presentations; do scholarly research; and more. Register by calling 573-443-3161.
The Art and Science of Archaeology
Saturday, June 14, 2014 › 2-3 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
As they study earlier human cultures, archaeologists draw from a wide range of sciences including chemistry, geology, biology, astronomy, botany and paleontology. We’ll take a look at some of these scientific methods and tools and how they help construct a more accurate view of history. Museum educator Rachel Straughn-Navarro will show some examples of ancient artifacts and talk about the ways the museum helps in the preservation and exploration of the past. Co-sponsored by the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri.
Free Websites for Genealogists
Monday, June 16, 2014 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Callaway County Public Library, Friends Room, or
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 › 7-9 p.m.
Southern Boone County Public Library, Meeting Room
Genealogist Tim Dollens will introduce several free sites you can use to track down your family’s history.
See all our Adult Summer Reading programs online!
Thanks to all the young poets who submitted entries in the 2014 Callaway County Youth Poetry Contest, sponsored by the Callaway County Public Library and the Auxvasse Creative Arts Program. These organizations honored the winners of the contest on Thursday, May 1 at the Callaway County Public Library in Fulton. This year’s contest was judged by Clarence Wolfshohl and Denise Felt. Dallin Rickabaugh, Garett Ballard and Anna Casady were among those teens recognized for their exemplary work.
Pictured on the front row: Elise Klein, Lia Bondurant, Anna Klein, Corrie Bolton, Anna Casady.
Pictured on the back row: Clarence Wolfshohl (judge), Garett Ballard, Haley Garrett, Dallin Rickabaugh, Denise Felt (judge).“Synesthesia” by Dallin Rickabaugh (1st Place)
Imagine a world
where music is seen.
Replace the crow of the alarm clock
with the blood red beat of a drum
coursing through your veins.
You get dressed for the day,
and waves of violet jazz surround you,
lifting your spirits
and twirling you about.
The olive green rock’n roll
that shaped your mom and dad
in those gold and silver days
drives you down the highway
towards your bland, white cubicle.
to the black and blue
bass and drum
that fuel those droning hours.
Come home and relax
To the white snowfall
Of light piano,
And the bright sunshine of acoustic guitar.
to the soft
Wake up again
The next morning,
Hearing the loud sun
Through your window pane.
This world turns
With a smooth,
So silent and silver
But only the celestials
Can hear it.
But we see
In the love of our family,
In the smiles of our friends,
In the beating of our hearts.
I imagine a world with freedom and flare
A place to be you, if you dare
I imagine a world with music and art
A place with creativity, right from the start
I imagine a world with thousands of smiles
A place like no other for miles and miles,
I imagine a world with beauty and care,
A place where everyone is eager to share.
I imagine a world where you never run late,
A place where you remember every date
I imagine a world with plenty of fun
A place where everyone is united as one.
I imagine a world with no cold or disease
A place with words like thank you and please
I imagine a world where all are polite
A place with peace, not a single fight
I imagine a world that will never be tame
A place where you be yourself, no need to have fame
I imaging a world with people to lead
A place with everything, all that you need
I imagine a world with color and shine
Clearly a world that was meant to be mine.
I imagine a world where someday I’ll be,
a world that is new and waiting for me.
A world with no hardships, no sickness no deaths,
a mansion of glory for souls to find rest.
Someday I’ll see the people I loved,
who have passed onto glory and the riches above.
Someday, I’ll see Christ, who died just for me,
and purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
When my time comes to see my Lord’s face,
I’ll kneel down and thank him for His wonderful grace.
Life will be sweet and my joys complete,
when someday my Saviors face I will see.
You can live in this world where I’ll be,
if you let go of pride and choose to believe.
Originally published at Teen Winners in Callaway County Poetry Contest.
On May 27, KFRU’s David Lile interviewed this year’s One Read author Daniel Brown about his book, “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.” Listen to Brown speak about the book’s origins and response to being chosen for our community-wide reading program.
The post KFRU’s David Lile Interviews One Read Author Daniel Brown appeared first on One READ.
I’ve finally reached that age where I need to learn how to cook. I no longer have the excuse of college to explain my diet of pizza and coffee, and while microwaveable dinners are oh, so delicious, I think it’s time I educated myself on the world of cooking.
The library has a section of cookbooks so ginormous that it’s almost overwhelming. Perusing it is like trying to pick only one candy from a candy store to taste - nearly impossible. I started my selection inspired by a book I’d seen around my parent’s kitchen, thinking, “Yeah, I’ll start by cooking something I’ve already tasted.”
This led me to the cookbook “Jerusalem” by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. It’s hard not to love a cookbook full of delicious looking pictures and dishes rich with history. I found myself overwhelmed with the choices. I often had to judge if I had the required patience to cook the more complex recipes within “Jerusalem.” I’m newer to this cooking thing, so I thought, keep it simple. I tried the baby spinach salad with dates and almonds. I did cut corners with the pitas, using old bread instead, but it was still delicious.
There is one recipe in this book I will dance around and scream at you to try, and that’s the clementine and almond syrup cake. I am currently dieting, but of course, I sit, drooling, staring at this recipe and thinking back to the time I ate it at my parents’ house. It was an explosion of yummy goodness. It’s sweet but not too sweet, sticky with a citrus syrup and so good you could gobble up the whole thing. I love lemon and orange cakes, and this was a perfect mix of sweet, smooth and sticky.
“Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity” wasn’t a cookbook I’d seen before, but I couldn’t pass it by. It was full of pictures, and the recipes felt full of heart. They come from hard-working and loving women across the world. The cooking isn’t as fancy as the stuff in Jerusalem, but it’s just as delicious. I was, of course, drawn to its sweet and drool-worthy desserts – all of which I shouldn’t eat but can’t help fantasizing about.
The dish I want to try the most is Manal Alsharif’s Basbosa. This is definitely a recipe I am saving for that time in my dieting when I can’t take it anymore and need a sweet. Basbosa is a dessert that looks similar to Jerusalem’s clementine and almond syrup cake, which is probably a large reason why I want to eat it. The base cake is made with cornstarch and coconut, cooked till golden, drizzled with syrup made of sugar and lemon juice and finally sprinkled with almonds and pistachio nuts. Yum.
Check out the cookbook section (starting at call number 641.5) and whip yourself up a dish one of these nice summer evenings.
Librarians clearly have summer on their minds. The June edition of LibraryReads – the monthly list of forthcoming titles librarians across the country recommend – is full of books set near water – cities on the ocean, summer homes with pools, sandy beaches. From thrillers to family dramas, many of these books would make fantastic vacation reads.
by Lisa See
“Set in 1938 San Francisco, this book follows the lives of three young women up through WWII. Grace travels to California seeking stardom, where she meets Helen, a young woman from Chinatown, and the two find jobs as nightclub dancers. While auditioning, they cross paths with Ruby, and the book alternates between all three viewpoints. Lisa See is one of my favorite authors, and her newest title doesn’t disappoint.”
- Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
“The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street“
by Susan Jane Gilman
“In the tenements of old New York, a young Russian Jewish immigrant woman is taken in by an Italian family who sells ice. Through sheer persistence and strong will, she manages to build an ice cream empire. Lillian Dunkle is a complex character who will make you cheer even as you are dismayed. Have ice cream on hand when you read this book!”
- Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI
“I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You“
by Courtney Maum
“Set mainly in Paris, this love story for grown-ups tells the story of a decent man who almost ruins his life and then goes to great lengths to restore his marriage. If your path to a happy marriage has been straightforward, you may not appreciate this book – but it’s perfect for the rest of us!”
- Laurel Best, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, AL
Here is the rest of the list, with links to the library’s catalog so you can place holds on these on-order books!
- “The Matchmaker” by Elin Hilderbrand
- “Summer House With Swimming Pool” by Herman Koch
- “The Lobster Kings” by Alexi Zentner
- “The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank
- “The Quick” by Lauren Owen
- “Rogues” edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
- “Elizabeth is Missing” by Emma Healey
Earlier this spring we asked area young adults to help us prepare for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on the teen theme, “Spark a Reaction.” Using ink, colored pencils and a great deal of imagination, this year’s teen winners artfully presented their interpretation of what this meant to them. Congratulations goes to Garett Ballard and Ruth Wu! You can pick up your own copies of these bookmarks at any of our three branch locations or bookmobile stops.
Originally published at “Spark a Reaction” Bookmark Contest Winners.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 • 6:30 p.m.
Columbia Public Library, Friends Room
A hit at the 2014 True/False Film Festival, the film “Particle Fever” (99 min.) explores a significant and inspiring scientific breakthrough as it happens. Imagine if you could have watched footage of Thomas Edison turn on the first light bulb. This film directed by Mark Levinson follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, marking the start-up of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet, pushing the edge of human innovation.
Thanks to everyone who came to the “The World Before Her” showing at the Columbia Public Library. Here are some questions about the film that you can respond to in the comments section of this blog post:
- What do you see in each young woman’s experience that gives her confidence? What experiences undermine that confidence?
- What’s the difference between modernization and Westernization? What might India look like if it modernized, but not in a way that emulated Western nations? Is that possible?
- In Prachi and Ruhi we see what pageant advocate Sabira Merchant describes as “the two Indias.” How would you describe the way each of those “Indias” defines success for women?
On Friday, May 23 we’ll be closed for staff training, and on Sunday, May 25 and Monday, May 26 we’ll be closed in observance of Memorial Day. While our buildings are closed and the bookmobiles are parked in the garage, don’t forget that the digital branch is always open. Below are just a few of the ways you can use the library this holiday or any day.
- Find out what all the Hoopla is about, and check out this new collection of downloadable and streaming music, video and audiobooks.
- Download an eBook.
- Get book recommendations for readers of any age from our blogs: DBRL Kids, DBRLTeen, DBRL Next or One Read.
- Read a digital magazine on your computer or tablet using Zinio.
- Entertain the kiddos with animated, talking picture books in our TumbleBook library.
- Browse our subject guides on current topics like home & garden or travel, a great starting point for making your summer vacation plans.
- Learn about the history of Memorial Day or do other research using American History Online.
- Search the catalog for books, movies music and more. Check out the staff picks while you’re there!
LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students and adult learners succeed on the academic or licensing tests they must pass. On June 2, 2014, LearningExpress will be updated to LearningExpress Library 3.0. This new version has a cleaner, updated look and is much easier to navigate and use but houses the same quality content.
Free with your library card, use this resource to practice and prepare for:
- The HiSET Exam, which has replaced the GED for Missouri High School equivalency testing.
- College and graduate placement tests (ACT, SAT, GRE, MCAD, LSAT).
- Elementary and high school tests (Advanced Placement; high school, middle school, and elementary school skills).
- Career preparation exams (EMS, Firefighter, PPST – Praxis, Civil Service, and reading, math and writing skills practice).
- TOEFL and U.S. Citizenship Exams.
The update and the shift to a new platform requires existing users to re-register their accounts. Existing accounts will not be carried over to the new version. Work done on the old LearningExpress will be not be available after June 2, 2014. Users should finish their current tests and courses and register for a new account at their earliest convenience after June 2. To see the new look of this learning platform check out www.learningexpresslibrary3.com.
Originally published at Updates to LearningExpress Practice Tests.
“The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” is an uplifting and fast-paced Cinderella story.
This nonfiction work describes the journey of nine working class young men from the University of Washington as they row their way out of obscurity and into the gold-medal race at the 1936 Olympic Games in Hitler’s Berlin. The story of poor, twice-orphaned Joe Rantz anchors this cinematic tale of passion and perseverance set against the struggles of the Great Depression and a looming Second World War. Drawing on interviews, journals and period photographs, Brown tells the fascinating story of these unlikely American heroes.
The book’s publisher calls “The Boys in the Boat” an “irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times.”About the Author
Daniel Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College, the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. He taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford before becoming a technical writer and editor. He now lives outside of Seattle, Washington and writes narrative nonfiction full time.
Brown’s book, “Under a Flaming Sky: The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894” was named by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 2006. He is also author of the 2009 work, “The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride.”
- Author’s Website
- Publisher’s Page
- The Guardian Review
- USA Today Review
- Author Interview With Powell’s Books
The post 2014 One READ Winner: About “The Boys in the Boat” and Daniel Brown appeared first on One READ.
Each winter, the public submits suggestions for next year’s One Read book. In January, a panel of community members reviews the suggestions, narrowing that list down to 10 titles, and then chooses two or three books to present for a public vote.
Final 10 Selections
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers
- Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (Runner-up)
- The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics (Winner)
Daniel James Brown
- The Ghost Map
- The Gravity of Birds
- Life After Life
- My Beloved World
- Orphan Train
Christina Baker Kline
- A Tale for the Time Being
- A Thousand Pardons
- Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future
- American Gods
- The Arabian Nights
- The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
- Atlas Shrugged
- Behind the Scenes at the Museum
- Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America’s Heartland
Nina Mukerjee Furstenau
- Black and Blue
- The Book Thief
- The Burgess Boys
- Carnivorous Carnival
- A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home
- The Coldest Winter Ever
- Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness
- Day After Night
- The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
- Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of A President
- A Dog’s Purpose
W. Bruce Cameron
- Dominique Ick Lessont and the Dragon Knight
- The Dovekeepers
- Each Little Bird That Sings
- Easter Island
- Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World
- Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
- Enemy Women
- Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale
- Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing
- The Fault in Our Stars
- Fearless: The Undaunted Courage and Ultimate Sacrifice of Navy SEAL Team Six Operator Adam Brown
- First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
- Flight Behavior
- A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story
Qais Akbar Omar
- From Far Away
- Girl Stolen
- A Good American
- The Good Lord Bird
- The Green Trap
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Mary Ann Shaffer
- The Happiness Project
- Heart and the Fist: The Education of A Humanitarian, the Making of A Navy SEAL
- The Heart of a Soldier
- Coming Home
- Here Comes Doctor Hippo: A Little Hippo Story
- Hide and Seek
- Hobbledehoy Boy
- Home Front
- The Horse Whisperer
- I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
- I Am Number Four – The Lost Files: The Search for Sam
- I Am Troy Davis
- Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain
- Ladies of the Night : A Historical and Personal Perspective on the Oldest Profession in the World
- The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life
- The Maid’s Version
- Me Before You
- Meant to Be
- Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckly: The Remarkable Story of the Friendship Between a First Lady and a Former Slave
- The Night Circus
- No, David!
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
- Odd Duck
- Old Yeller
- The Orphan Master’s Son
- Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Afterlife
Eben Alexander, M.D.
- The Prophet
- The Red Garden
- The Rent Collector
- The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
- The Round House
- Rules of Civility
- The Shoes of the Fisherman
- Show Me the Murder
- So Much Pretty
- The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius
- The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease
Daniel E. Lieberman
- Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World
Rita Golden Gelman
- Telegraph Avenue
- Telex From Cuba
- Tenth of December
- Thank You for Your Service
- This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage
- A Thousand Pardons
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- Together Tea
- Tom T’s Hat Rack: A Story About Paying It Forward
- Toxic Charity
- The Uglies Series
- Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
- The Warmth of Other Suns
- The Watchman’s Rattle
Rebecca D. Costa
- When I Grow Up
- Where’d You Go Bernadette
- Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It
- The Wilderness Series
- The Woman in White
- Year of Wonders
We recently added “Winter Soldier” to the DBRL collection. The film was originally released in 1972 and currently has a rating of 100% from critics at Rotten Tomatoes. Here’s a synopsis from our catalog:Vietnam veterans speak about atrocities committed upon Vietnamese soldiers and civilians during their time in the U.S. armed forces in Vietnam. Through testimony given at the Winter Soldier Investigation held by the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971, press conferences, and interviews with individual participants, the film graphically portrays the effect of U.S. government policy and practice, which turned soldiers into animals bent on destruction and Vietnamese into “gooks”–Non-human “targets” for murder, rape, and mutilation. The veterans struggle to come to terms with the devastation they caused so that others will not make the same mistake again.
A modern gentleman buys his monocles fair-trade, extends his habits of refined discourse to the Internet and understands that literature sometimes pulls the curtain back on acts of marital intimacy that are often neither preceded nor followed by nuptials. Even so, I was unable to prevent the frequent dropping of my monocles during the course of reading Bill Cotter’s “The Parallel Apartments.” But not all droppings were related to the artfully depicted acts of often artless intimacy. Indeed, the monocle carnage extended past the reading of the novel and to the reading of reactions to it. I ruined one when I read a review focusing on the ribald aspects rather than the myriad less scandalous reasons to recommend the book. As Cotter alludes to in this charming interview, the Puritanism regarding a few scenes of bodily congress is surprising given erotica’s stranglehold on bestseller lists.
But now I’m guilty of focusing on the tawdry when I should be trying to convince fans of tragicomedy and exquisite writing to check out this book. “The Parallel Apartments” aims most of its focus on three generations of mothers and most of the remaining on assorted inhabitants of the titular complex. One character has $400,000 of credit card debt, and when she inherits enough to pay it off, she instead decides to invest in a robot gigolo and start a brothel in her home, which is both a good business plan and an aid in avoiding her greatest fear: becoming pregnant. Another’s desire to become pregnant is intense enough to require the reader have several backup monocles at the ready. Another character yearns to be a serial killer but thwarts himself, among other ways, by tipping his darts with harmless frog juice rather than deadly frog poison. A retired prostitute hopes to defeat AIDS by having a guru and his unfortunate raccoon clean her blood. She’s accompanied back to Austin by a man that fled it for reasons, revealed brilliantly and late in the novel, that will again have your monocle in shocked descent. Eventually the characters converge to form an ending I’d love to prattle on endlessly about.
The author says his focus was on the sentence level, and the attention to pretty and amusing sentences shows. Cotter’s plot is also worthy of praise, though. The story’s timeline weaves back and forth through decades in a way orchestrated to maximize the impact of various alarming bits of back story and have your eyewear flying off your face. “The Parallel Apartments” is a unique novel, and it gave me a unique feeling (that has nothing to do with the aforementioned scenes of fleshy goings-on). I was heartbroken, delighted, awed and some other stuff there’s probably words for in German. This emotional cocktail caused both a special breed of the weird melancholic elation that often accompanies the finishing of great books and also the need to replace several shattered and/or irreparably moistened monocles.
I have a love-hate relationship with technology. I enjoy the ways technology has democratized access to information and transformed librarianship. Yes, we still have books printed on actual paper (my preferred way to read), but we also provide downloadable eBooks, audiobooks and digital magazines, as well as streaming music and movies. I love being able to have something to read or listen to, any time and anywhere.
However, I don’t want to always have my face in a screen, and I don’t want my young children to become device addicts either, always clamoring to play Minecraft or Angry Birds. So I’ve resisted smartphone ownership (being ridiculed for my old-school cell phone with its slide-out QWERTY keyboard) until this Mother’s Day when I received a shiny new Galaxy S 5. Now I have to figure out how to make this device work for me and not become a slave to its many tempting features and functions.
I could start with a class. Every month or so the library offers a training session called Maximizing your Android Device. (We also have similar classes for Apple device owners.) The next class will be at 2:30 p.m. on June 9 at the Columbia Public Library. (Call 573-443-3161 to register starting May 27.)
Of course, there are books I could consult as well. We have a slew of books about smartphones, from the Missing Manual series to the Teach Yourself Visually books.
In order to avoid feeling overwhelmed by the number of apps available for download, I’m starting with my library favorites, including our mobile catalog app from BiblioCommons, the OverDrive app for my eBooks and Hoopla for music and video. (All of these apps are featured at DBRLTeen in a handy guide that includes links for downloading.)
Finally, to make sure I don’t let this very seductive device ruin my real-life relationships with friends and family, I’m going to check out William Powers’ book “Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age.” In hardback.